Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories
Technology, digital media and mobile access have changed how people learn. Today’s students want to be engaged and self-directed with digital content, available anytime, anywhere. This is a challenge for instructional designers as they create online learning experiences.
As an instructional designer, it’s critical to understand emerging learning theories including Bloom’s taxonomy and constructivism and how they relate to the way people learn in our digitally connected world. This course, which is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program, explores the evolution of learning theories from traditional Socratic methods to emerging learning sciences. Additionally, you will explore curriculum design models using performance-based assessments to create effective and engaging learning experiences.
After a solid foundation of how people learn today, you will explore technology’s role in supporting and enhancing the teaching and learning process.
Previous background in teaching or professional development is a plus, but not required. Join us and launch your career as an instructional designer.
This course is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Learning Design and Technology. See the MicroMasters program page for more information.
Upcoming start dates
9 January, 2024
- Virtual Classroom
28 May, 2024
- Virtual Classroom
Who should attend?
The program content and course projects are sequential, allowing the learner to build on subsequent work. Completing LDT100x is highly recommended before completing LDT200x-400x coursework. Basic experience in word processing and G Suite and a background in teaching, education, or professional development are helpful but not required.
- Week 1: Your Learning Environment
- Week 2: Learning Theory: Behaviorism
- Week 3: Learning Theory: Constructivism
- Week 4: Learning Theory: Cognitivism & Connectivism
- Week 5: Learning Theory: Andragogy
- Week 6: Learning Approach Models: Authentic Assessment, Experiential Learning & Project-Based Learning
- Week 7: Microlearning
- Week 8: Your Learning Theory Approach to Design
Course delivery details
This course is offered through University of Maryland Global Campus, a partner institute of EdX.
8-10 hours per week
- Verified Track -$299
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- To apply learning theories and their impact in the design of online learning
- Technology’s role in the teaching and learning process
- Curriculum design and how to apply Bloom’s taxonomy to engage students in the learning process
- To write effective performance assessments and scoring rubrics
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